San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
London — Revenue generated by apps developed for tablets will surpass that generated for smartphones by 2018, according to ABI Research.
The research firm said for 2013 total revenue for tablet apps will be $8.8 billion, compared with $16.4 billion for smartphones. Apple iOS will account for 65 percent of the share; Android will get 27 percent, and 8 percent is projected to be shared by the remaining mobile platforms.
Sunnyvale, Calif. — AMD rolled out its Elite A series of accelerated processor units (APUs), formerly code-named Richland.
The new high-end APUs will allow computers to handle gesture and facial recognition, and feature better power management and an overall improved graphics performance, the company said, when compared to AMD’s previous generation of processors.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Smartphone and tablet sales will drive cover-glass shipments to more than 2.5 billion in four years, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
Smartphones will be the primary driver of the shipment increases this year, said Calvin Hsieh, DisplaySearch research director, accounting for about 84 percent of the shipments. At the same time, tablets will use about 14 percent of the glass shipped, with touch-based laptops part of the remainder.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile USA ended the year with its first full-year subscriber-base gain since 2009 but with a deeper net loss.
In the fourth quarter, the carrier posted net income before taxes of $70 million, but its full-year net loss deepened to $7 billion compared with a year-ago loss of $4.9 billion.
The full-year net loss is attributable, however, to a third-quarter one-time $8.1 billion good-will impairment charge triggered by the planned merger of MetroPCS and T-Mobile.
Hyannis, Mass. — Savant Systems is targeting retrofit installations with its first thermostat, which connects to standard thermostat wiring and communicates via Wi-Fi with the company’s SmartSystem home controller.
The SST-W100 thermostat is designed for residential and commercial installations to deliver one- and two-stage control of forced-air, radiant-heat, heat pump and HVAC systems, the company said.
Framingham, Mass. – When it comes to shipping smart connected devices, Samsung is now the worldwide champ, according to IDC.
Samsung took over the top spot from Apple by shipping 250 million such devices, defined by IDC as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, in 2012. Apple was not far behind, pumping out 218.7 million such products during the same period.
For the entire year, 1.2 billion smart connected devices were shipped worldwide, a 29.1 percent increase over 2011.
Seoul, South Korea — LG will launch its next generation of Optimus L Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where three Optimus L Series II phones will debut with upgraded features.
The company hasn’t said which models would come to the U.S. market or when, but L-series models have been sold by U.S. carriers in the past.
Round Rock, Texas — Dell Inc. signed a definitive merger agreement today that will have its founder, chairman and CEO Michael Dell purchase the company for about $24 billion.
The deal, which will take Dell private, was made in partnership with the technology investment firm Silver Lake. Published reports stated that Microsoft will finance $2 billion of the loan used to make the purchase.
Under the agreement, Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share. The stock closed at $10.88 on Jan. 11 when rumors of the buyout became public.
Clearwater, Fla. — Tech Data has expanded relationship with Asus to distribute the new Asus Taichi, a fusion of a notebook and tablet.
The Asus Taichi has a back-to-back dual-screen design which provides mobile flexibility, allowing users to switch between tablet and notebook in a single touch, Tech Data said.
New York — Amid its introduction of several new products today, Research In Motion officially changed its name to BlackBerry.
The name change is part of the company’s attempt to reinvent itself and present a unified marketing front, said CEO Thorsten Heins.